Assistive Technology Tips

assistive technology, ignite advocacyWhat happens when your child needs modifications and devices to assist with their hearing impairment in the classroom.  Modern technology has provided opportunities for students with hearing impairments to access the general curriculum. These include:

Hearing Aids and Auditory Training Devices: Hearing aids are one of the most well-known types of devices used by individuals with hearing impairments. There are a great variety of hearing aids, but all are intended to amplify sound. Auditory training devices include devices such as FM systems. FM systems are more simplistic than hearing aids. To use a FM system, the teacher speaks into a microphone and the student would use headphones or speakers.

Computers: There are many special software programs for students with hearing impairments. The programs can supplement instruction by providing speech drills, auditory training, sign language instruction, and reading and language instruction.

Alerting Devices: Many everyday devices have been adapted for individuals with hearing impairments, including items such as watches, doorbells, fire alarms, school bells, and alarm clocks. Instead of using noise, these devices use vibration and light to alert the individual.

Captioning: Televisions are equipped with the ability to provide captioning for individuals with hearing impairments. Closed-captioning makes television and film accessible for individuals with hearing impairments.

Telecommunication Devices: In order for individuals with hearing impairments to communicate using the telephone, they may use a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD). A TDD is a small keyboard with a display and modem. In order to use the TDD, the individual must relay information to an operator. Text messaging has recently become a very useful avenue for individuals with hearing impairments to relay messages without using the TDD.

Cochlear Implants: The cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device designed to make sounds audible for individuals with sensorineural hearing loss.

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